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I was packaging some of this up for Jennkay (I realize it’s also in the T&C box, but I wanted to make sure it got to you!) when I realized I really wanted a cup. I’ve been avoiding oolongs since my tastes have been off, but this is probably the boldest one I have so I think it’ll be okay.

I’m really getting roasty notes this time, and not as much sugar. It’s almost like drinking a coffee-flavored tea, with maybe a slight burnt sugar aftertaste. My tastes are probably still a little off but it’s not bad.

Also, my tea count went up again. I found more teabags I had forgotten about. Darn.


Ooh, I’m excited! :D

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Ooh, I’m excited! :D

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Elizabeth, college student, history/anthropology major. I love to read, travel, and try new foods.

I loved tea as a kid, didn’t drink it for about ten years, and then rediscovered it about a year ago. I’m still pretty new to the types and brands of tea out there, but I’m interested in trying some of everything! Currently:

-comfortable and experimenting with black teas
-enthusiastically embracing oolongs
-cautiously trying chai, greens, and whites
-adoring herbals (without hibiscus)
-neutral to rooibos
-afraid of pu-erhs (but willing to try!)

My rating system:

95-100: I would cross oceans for this tea. Drinking it is an amazing experience. If I don’t currently have it in my cabinet I’m probably very sad about that.

80-94: A very good tea. I would probably buy it again if I had the money/room in my cabinet.

65-79: Decent. I might buy it on sale or pass it by depending on my mood.

40-64: I’d accept a cup of this if it was served to me, but not buy it.

below 40: Ugh! Never again!

Keep in mind that bitterness is the worst thing that can happen to a tea for me, followed closely by hibiscus; I also have food allergies that rarely influence my tea habit, but please check with me before sending anything!

About Swaps: I am always willing to swap with anyone within continental North America! Just drop me a note. For anyone in the eastern half of the U.S. I’ll gladly swap small samples of things, but further away than that I would prefer if we dealt with larger amounts.


Indiana, U.S.



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